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APME UPDATE • AUG. 31, 2017





Oct. 8-11, 2017: ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 14, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Beverly, Massachusetts

Oct. 21, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 11, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Seattle

Register, book hotel soon to bring colleague for $100

The 2017 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference kicks off in less than eight weeks at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. Register today to join us Oct. 8-11!

View the 2017 ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference schedule & directory.

Here are six things you don't want to to miss:

1. Bring your colleague for only $100
We want you and your colleague to attend our conference! If you register and book your hotel room for at least three nights, then your colleague can register for only $100. Email APME at to receive a promo code for this deal, which expires Sept. 16.
2. Interactive conference schedule available
Our conference schedule is live! It is being updated daily, so check back often. This interactive, fully responsive schedule is easy to navigate through a number of sessions and events we have planned for you. You can also check out who the speakers/panelists are and get to know them in advance. 

Two ways to get the most out of this schedule: 

1. Have it handy on your mobile

Go to your browser and in the URL bar, type in For directions on how to bookmark the page on your home screen so that the schedule is always only one click away, click here if you are an iPhone user or here if you are an Android user. 

2. Personalize your schedule 

Sign up for a free account and create a custom schedule of sessions you're interested in attending. To learn more about how to fully utilize the functionality of the schedule, watch this video or refer to the attendee guides

The program is planned and organized by ASNE-APME Conference Program Committee Co-Chairs Mark Russell, ASNE board member and executive editor of The Memphis Commercial Appeal, and Mark Baldwin, APME executive committee member and executive editor of the Rockford (Illinois) Register Star.

3. Watchdog on a shoestring
No newsroom is immune to the pressures of a smaller staff, but it doesn't mean that watchdog journalism is a lost cause. Hear from a panel of award-winning journalists, including two 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winners, about how they've managed limited resources and still produced compelling investigative journalism. 
Confirmed panelists:
  • Jane Elizabeth, senior manager, American Press Institute
  • Eric Eyre, statehouse reporter, Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette-Mail
  • Sheila McCann, managing editor, The Salt Lake Tribune
  • George Stanley, chief executive of news and regional editorial director for Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Gannett
4. Innovator of the Year
Conference attendees will choose the winner of APME's annual Innovator of the Year award. Each of three finalists will make a brief presentation on their innovation and take audience questions. The finalists are: 
  • Los Angeles Times for "SNAP" (Simple News Assembly Platform)
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for "Just the FAQs"
  • WBUR Boston for its website redesign and associated audience engagement efforts
5. Who doesn't like to party? We'll have two receptions!

From 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, we'll have hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar (CASH ONLY) in the Amazonia Habitat and Amazonia Science Gallery at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. If you'd like, say hello to some animals found along the Amazon river!

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10Joe Hockey, Australian ambassador to the United States, will be hosting 80 of us at his residence, at 3120 Cleveland Ave. NW, about a 15-minute walk from the Marriott. We will have cocktails, snacks and some quality time for a Q&A and other fun, engaging conversations. This stand-up reception is open on a first-come, first-served basis to those who are registered and made a hotel reservation for the conference.

6. Pre-conference workshops on community engagement and Knight Foundation's update on the "Table Stakes" project

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, the first workshop will address the role of community engagement for news organizations and how to build trust with their audiences and communities. Best practices and examples of community engagement will be incorporated. Attendees will emerge from the workshop better equipped to engage readers and strengthen trust in quality journalism.

From 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, the second workshop will provide an update on Knight Foundation's "Table Stakes" project and present newsrooms of innovation and culture that are best for the 21st century.

Offered on a first-come, first-served basis, both workshops are free to those who are registered to attend the conference. Those who would like to attend just the workshops can sign up for only $75.


To register for the main conference: The registration fee is $275 for members of ASNE and APME and $375 for nonmembers. Those who register and book a three-night hotel stay by Sept. 16 can register a colleague for just $100! Simply register yourself for the conference and book your rooms, then contact APME at for the code to register your colleague.
Special rates are also available for retired members, spouses, students and APME's Regents. Lunch tickets for Monday, Oct. 9, and Tuesday, Oct. 10, can be purchased during registration.

To book your hotel room: A terrific group rate is available at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park for $249/night Friday, Oct. 6, through Wednesday, Oct. 11. Reservations must be made by 6 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 15. Make a reservation online here.

To register for the Oct. 8 pre-conference workshops and/or the Oct. 10 reception at the Australian ambassador's residence: Those registering through APME should email APME at

Help journalists by supporting the Overseas Press Club scholarship in Sally Jacobsen's name

Sally JacobsenIn honor of former AP newswoman and APME Executive Director Sally Jacobsen, the Overseas Press Club has set up a scholarship in her name for aspiring journalists who want to be foreign correspondents. Jacobsen died in May at age 70.

The goal is a $50,000 endowment that will be invested for yearly scholarships.

APME is enlisitng help to help this goal. APME hopes to raise at least $5,000 and has a foundation grant of $1,000 and two $500 match challenges from board members and a Foundation match up to $1,000 more. The pledges tally $2,500 already. To donate online visit:

Donations also may be sent to: OPC Foundation, 40 W. 45th St., New York, N.Y. 10036

For other options, call 201-493-9087, or email

Applications open for diversity scholarships to train in digital skills at fall 2017 NewsTrains

Journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds are invited to apply for diversity scholarships to train in digital skills at three APME NewsTrains this fall.

The daylong trainings will be held on these Saturdays in these cities, with scholarship-application deadlines listed:

· Oct. 14 in Beverly, Massachusetts, 26 miles north of Boston. Deadline: Sept. 6

· Oct. 21 in suburban Columbus, Ohio. Deadline: Sept. 13

· Nov. 11 in Seattle. Deadline: Oct. 4.

The winners of the competitive awards have their $75 registration fee waived. They are responsible for their own travel expenses.

Information on how to apply is in the light-gray box on each workshop’s page: Beverly, Columbus andSeattle.

Attendees typically rate NewsTrain training sessions as 4.5, with 5 as highly effective and highly useful.

Russell LaCour at the Tulsa World (pictured right) was a scholarship winner earlier in 2017. “Fresh ideas make me excited about going back into the newsroom with new tools. You pulled together some great presenters,” he said about the NewsTrain in Norman, Oklahoma, on March 4.

Discounted hotel rooms are available. Super-early birds may also qualify for a free AP Stylebook.
NewsTrains often sell out. Register today!

Have you had a great idea? Share and be featured in APME's annual Great Ideas compilation

SEEKING GREAT IDEAS: If you or someone in your newsroom has launched a great idea, submit it to APME.

We'd love to consider it for our monthly recognition and annual Great Ideas e-book, featuring the best and brightest ideas from around the industry.

Get inspired, inspire others:


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Philadelphia Inquirer: Fired officer who shot three is back on beat
Tennessean: Opioid deaths undercounted in Tennessee



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POLITICO: Top newspapers lower paywalls for Harvey coverage
Village Voice stops print edition, goes digital only
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Fort Wayne (Indiana) News-Sentinel to cease afternoon newspaper
Longtime publisher of Fort Dodge, Iowa, newspaper stepping down



Astorian names Van Nostrand as new managing editor

Jim Van Nostrand has joined The Daily Astorian in Astoria, Oregon, as managing editor.

He is a veteran journalist with more than 30 years of experience as a reporter and editor. Most recently, he was the digital editor at the Tri-City Herald in Kennewick, Washington.

He replaces Laura Sellers, who is retiring from full-time work after 25 years with the Astorian and its parent company, EO Media Group. Sellers is the past president of the Associated Press Media Editors.

“Jim Van Nostrand brings a great depth of journalistic experience and leadership to our newsroom along with a strong commitment to excellence,” said Dave Pero, the Astorian’s editor and publisher.

Santa Fe New Mexican hires Phill Casaus as new editor

A longtime journalist and Albuquerque native has been hired as the new editor at The Santa Fe New Mexican.

The newspaper announced that Phill Casaus will replace Ray Rivera, who is leaving Sept. 8 for a job as deputy managing editor for investigations and enterprise with The Seattle Times.

Casaus, a former editor at The Albuquerque Tribune and The Rocky Mountain News, currently works as the director of the Education Foundation for Albuquerque Public Schools, the state's largest school district. He's expected to begin his new job at the paper in mid-September.

Ted Daniels named new editor of Ohio newspapers

Ted Daniels has been named editor of The Daily Record in Wooster, Ohio, and and Times-Gazette in Ashland, Ohio.

“After nearly a quarter of a century working at The Indianapolis Star in a variety of senior editing roles, I returned home to Ashland County in 2002 to become the editor of the Times-Gazette, the newspaper I grew up reading,” he wrote.

He added: “When I left in June 2015, The Daily Record and Times-Gazette were owned by Dix Communications, and I had daily interactions with members of the Dix family. Now we are owned by a large publicly traded corporation, GateHouse Media, which publishes 125 daily newspapers, more than 600 community publications and over 555 local market websites in 36 states.”

Poynter names Tampa Bay editor Neil Brown as president

The Poynter Institute has announced that its new president will be Neil Brown, the editor and vice president of The Tampa Bay Times.

“I am honored to join Poynter, where imagination and integrity have been hallmarks in helping journalists get better at what they do and stay relevant in how they do it,” Brown said.

Brown, 59, started at The Tampa Bay Times — then St. Petersburg Times — as world editor in 1993. He was promoted to a series of leadership roles, including managing editor and executive editor. He became the paper’s editor in 2010.

Under Brown’s leadership, The Tampa Bay Times has won six Pulitzer Prizes in the last eight years. Last year, the newspaper won Pulitzer Prizes for local reporting and investigative reporting.

Poynter said there were more than 100 candidates for the job.

Kentucky newspapers announce new editors

New editors were named the newsrooms of the Times-Tribune in Corbin, Kentucky, and the Sentinel-Echo, London, Kentucky.

Regional Publisher Dave Eldridge announced that Erin Cox was named editor of both publications. Denis House, the former Sentinel-Echo sports editor, has been promoted to managing editor at the Sentinel-Echo.

Cox, who will now manage the news operations of both publications, was previously editor of The Times Bulletin, a daily newspaper in Van Wert, Ohio.

Centre Daily Times editor leaving for post at Colorado paper

The executive editor of the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania, is stepping down after three years to take a news leadership post at a Colorado newspaper.

The McClatchy paper said that John Boogert is returning to his home state to become news director of The Gazette in Colorado Springs.

Boogert was previously an editor at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, The Wichita Eagle in Kansas and The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Centre Daily publisher Janet Santostefano says a search for a replacement will begin immediately.

AP names James Asher to news editor position in Washington

The Associated Press has named award-winning journalist James Asher as a news editor in its Washington bureau, where he will oversee coverage of the investigations into interference in the 2016 election and other key elements of President Donald Trump's administration.

Asher's appointment was announced by Julie Pace, AP's chief of bureau in Washington.

"Asher is an ambitious journalist who thrives on big stories and strives to produce distinctive coverage," Pace said. "He brings a deep knowledge of Washington and a long track record of getting the best out of his reporters."

Asher is the former Washington bureau chief for McClatchy. His work on the worldwide Panama Papers investigation with a team at McClatchy was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in journalism for explanatory reporting. McClatchy shared that award with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and The Miami Herald.

Asher previously worked for The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Baltimore Sun.



Former AP, Boston Globe editor Christina Van Horn has died

Christina Van Horn, of Concord, New Hampshire, has died at age 66.

She spent many years as an editor, beginning her career at the Concord Monitor, then working at Associated Press bureaus in Concord and Hartford, Connecticut. She ended her New England editing career at the Boston Globe, where she was a copy editor on the local and wire desks and for The Calendar. She was also a business agent for Boston Newspaper Guild. Most recently, she was an editor for PlaidSwede Publishing of Concord.

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Former AP Topeka correspondent Lew Ferguson dies at 83

Lew Ferguson, a journalist whose 42-year career included nearly three decades as the Associated Press supervisory correspondent in Topeka, Kansas, has died. He was 83.

Ferguson's daughter said he died at an Oklahoma City hospital. No cause of death was given.

He was an Oklahoma native who returned there after working for AP in Topeka and serving a four-year term on the Kansas Board of Regents.

He became the Topeka correspondent in 1970 and helped train some 50 young writers before retiring in 1999. He was inducted into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame in 2012.

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Jack Rosenthal, a journalist and civic leader, has died at age 82

Jack Rosenthal, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, government official and civic leader who was the principal editor of a landmark 1968 federal report on urban riots that found an America moving "toward two societies, separate and unequal," died at his home in Manhattan. He was 82.

The cause was complications of pancreatic cancer, his wife, Holly Russell, said.

Mr. Rosenthal, the son of a refugee judge from Nazi Germany, merged multiple careers into a lifelong commitment to public service.

He was a spokesman and strategist for Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy during the 1960s, and oversaw the editorial page of the New York Times, where he championed criminal justice reforms and spotlighted the challenges of an aging population, and the Times Magazine.

He later nurtured numerous civic ventures, including raising millions of dollars for victims of the 2001 World Trade Center attack as president of the New York Times Foundation.

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Freelancer Christopher Allen, 28, killed in South Sudan

Christopher Allen, 26, a freelance journalist covering the civil war in South Sudan, was killed during a battle between rebels and government troops. He previously lived in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania.

Allen, who worked with various news outlets, was killed in heavy fighting in the town of Kaya near the borders with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Government officials said at least 16 rebels were also killed in the fighting. They said Allen’s body was taken to the military hospital in South Sudan’s capital, Juba.

He graduated in 2013 from the University of Pennsylvania.

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